Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, is a condition that causes problems with the jaw and the muscles in your face. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million people suffer from this condition. Dr. Hill treats many patients who live with this disorder, and he sees just as many patients who are unaware this is what they’re experiencing. There are several sneaky signs of TMJ that patients may not attribute to the condition itself.
The most common signs of TMJ are jaw and mouth pain, clicking or popping of the jaw, lock jaw, difficulty chewing and facial swelling. But the list doesn’t stop there. There are number of other symptoms that most people aren’t aware can be indicators of TMJ. Here are a few examples:
- Migraines or Headaches
- Ear aches and hearing problems
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Upper shoulder pain
If you do suffer from TMJ, there are several treatment options to help manage your discomfort. Your dentist may prescribe a prescription-strength dose of NSAIDs to alleviate pain and swelling and recommend the use of a night guard to minimize grinding and clenching while you sleep. They may also suggest dental work, such as braces to correct your bite or crowns or bridges to replace missing teeth. You can also apply heat or cold to your jaw at home to ease discomfort and try stretches and massages to relax and strengthen the jaw.
If you’ve experienced any of the above-mentioned symptoms and suspect you may be suffering from TMJ, contact our office today at 972-727-1901 to make an appointment.